Parsons named performance director
The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed the appointment of David Parsons as ECB performance director and Richard Halsall as national fielding coach.
David Parsons succeeds current England head coach Peter Moores in the vital role as performance director and his appointment was welcomed by Hugh Morris, managing director of England Cricket.
“David has been acting performance director for the last six months since Peter Moores took over as England coach,” Morris said.
“During that time David has ensured the smooth running of the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University, and has worked closely with Peter Moores to ensure the best possible support and preparation programmes for the England team.
“He has played a central role in developing and delivering the England Performance Camp in India in which he has embraced the expertise of coaches such as Martyn Moxon and Ashley Giles.
“His ability to attract such names demonstrates that he will be ideally suited to the role of performance director because one of his main challenges will be to provide the current England Performance Programme, and future England players with the best possible coaching advice and support to ensure they can maximise their potential.”
Moores praised the appointments, commenting: “David Parsons has done an outstanding job as acting performance director and I am delighted that he has secured the position on a permanent basis. He will have a very important role to play in developing our future England players.
“The appointment of a national fielding coach demonstrates the importance of this aspect of the game to all our international teams.
“Richard has an excellent track record, is open to new ideas and I am really looking forward to working with him again in the near future.”
In the last 12 months Parsons, a Level 4 ECB coach, has initiated and developed the ECB spin programme and worked closely with players such as Monty Panesar and Adil Rashid. His appointment as performance director takes effect immediately.
Halsall is currently head of sport science and PE at Wellington College in Berkshire and has been involved in coaching England junior squads as well as being fielding coach at Sussex CCC for the last five years.
Morris added: “It is an exciting challenge for Richard who will aim to raise the standards of fielding throughout England and Wales to ‘world class’ levels.
“His innovative approach and willingness to learn from some of the world’s top fielders as well as considering implementing skills and techniques from other sports will be important in taking the art of fielding to a new level when he joins the ECB in March.”